Japan's Prime Minister has announced that his country will create a space defense force in an effort to protect it from technological threats.
Working closely with U.S. President Donald Trump, the unit will protect Japan's interstellar interests, such as satellites and rockets – rather than waging cinematic-style battles across the galaxy, as the name suggests.
Speaking on Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted his country to defend itself against cyber threats or electromagnetic interference in its satellites.
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There are growing fears that countries like China and Russia are trying to find ways to disable and interfere with satellites, which could seriously harm global communications.
Japan's Space Domain Mission Unit will begin work in April and will be added to an existing air base in Fuchu, near Tokyo.
Initially, there will be 20 people, with the aim of adding more people to the force throughout the year.
The Abe government approved spending 50.6 billion yen (£ 354 million) on the project in late 2019.
The prime minister had previously spoken of his desire to expand the international role of his military, improving communication and arms development in line with the United States, while trying to work with Trump against the growing capabilities of regional neighbors like North Korea and China. .
The event reaffirmed Japan's commitment to working with the United States.
The U.S. Space Force was launched in December in an effort to assert its superiority with great uncertainty, with Trump saying "space is the new world war-fighting domain".
However, the new military unit was ridiculed last week when it unveiled its new camouflage uniforms, with many pointing out that they are unlikely to be effective against the backdrop of space.